The RNLI’s annual fundraising event Mayday takes place from May 1-31 and the charity has teamed up with the Better leisure centres across Cornwall for a swim challenge.
Whether you fancy taking on the ultimate challenge of swimming the Channel, or the length of your local beach or river, anyone can enter and can opt to swim any distance. And you don’t have to swim the full distance in one go – simply split your chosen distance into lengths and keep going until you reach your target.
Better, which runs 15 leisure centres across Cornwall, is supporting the challenge. Swimmers can visit their nearest leisure centre during any public swimming session to tackle their lengths.
James Clarke, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager in Cornwall, explains: ‘This challenge is a great way for people to support the RNLI and take on a personal goal at the same time. Simply pick the distance you want to swim in metres, the length of the pool you’re going to swim at, and divide them to reveal the number of lengths needed to complete it. You could do the length of Fistral beach at 48 lengths of a 25m pool, or for a real challenge the distance between Lands End to the Isles of Scilly at 1,600 lengths. The sponsorship money you raise will make a real difference to the RNLI.’
Mayday is the RNLI’s annual yellow-themed fundraiser and is a celebration of our volunteer lifeboat crews, who are on call 24hours a day. This year the charity aims to raise £750,000 to fund the vital kit that will keep them safe, whatever the weather throws at them.
To register or for more information visit rnli.org/Maydayswim quoting ‘Mayday Swim Challenge’ on the sign up form.